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2020 goal was to get out to the track more which I accomplished.

2021 goals:

  • Data shows that I stay on throttle partly while hell-toe downshifting in hard brake zones. Need to extinguish this behavior as it's slowing me down.
  • Joe mentioned lack of confidence in braking.  Ditto with me.  I'd like to work out the kinks as I am still only getting maximum braking of about 0.8g's - that's with GLOC R12 front / R8 rear.  The car is surely capable of more based on other folks' data reads.  This may go hand-in-hand with the 1st point.  Troubleshooting needed to identify if the issue is mechanical, human, or both.
  • 9 HPDE events.
  • Come in at or under budget ($3,000) for all track related expenses including fees, consumables, and maintenance.

 

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8 minutes ago, vchengap said:
  • Come in at or under budget ($3,000) for all track related expenses including fees, consumables, and maintenance.

 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.   sorry.  That's one weekend's budget for many.

New Hoosiers: $1500/set
truck fuel: $200
Race Fuel: $250
Entry fee: $500
Hotel: $200
Food: $50
consumables: $100 
Maintenance: $300  (save up for the next engine-go-boom)  

 

My first few race seasons, I bought used tires, slept in the trailer, ran pump gas..   ahhh that was the life.   A full 10-race race season on about $7500.

Now I'm old and can't move the next day if I sleep in my hammock in the trailer....  and don't buy a boosted car for track duty cause the sumbeech drinks 15 gal of 110 a day.

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2 minutes ago, Matt93SE said:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.   sorry.  That's one weekend's budget for many.

New Hoosiers: $1500/set
truck fuel: $200
Race Fuel: $250
Entry fee: $500
Hotel: $200
Food: $50
consumables: $100 
Maintenance: $300  (save up for the next engine-go-boom)  

I know, I know ?

Such is the life of someone in love with cars while at the same time trying to retire by 45.  The inner conflict is real. 

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Top 10s in Super tour. Looking at 3 of those 

Top 5 at NASA Nationals

Win a race at every NASA TX weekend I go to.

Keep improving in data use/prep/notekeeping

Win a WRL race... been on a drought since last year.

2020 goals above.  Got a top 10 in super tour.  NASA Nationals was cancelled.  Definitely didn't win a race at every NASA TX weekend.  Did improve data use. WRL team went away, unfortunately.  Call it a wash lol.  In 2020's weird year I still managed a NASA regional and SCCA Divisional championship, which I was really happy with.

 

2021 for me is 100% All about 2 weekends. NASA Championships at Daytona and Runoffs at Indianapolis.  Goal is top 5 at NASA, top 10 at SCCA (frankly, thats a stretch goal, but doable I think.)

Driving wise, I want to focus on the 20% throttle tip in mid corner.  I see this on alot of pro data and I'm suspecting it's that .1 per corner that's seperating me from the front of the field nationally in SM.

Regionally, I'm finding myself choking when I'm up front.  Want to get used to winning.  Winning a race a weekend is doable, but now that I'm running 2 cars I'm not sure that I'll have the regional car prepped quite to that level.  We'll see.  Call it a soft goal.

I feel what alot of you guys are saying about instructing.  I've slowed down significantly in that department.  NASA weekends only, and even then I'm trying to take a lighter load from right seat as it's starting to take a toll on me physically.  I was on all 4s trying to puke on grid before Sunday race 2 at ECR lol

 

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21 hours ago, Vinnieb said:

Driving wise, I want to focus on the 20% throttle tip in mid corner.  I see this on alot of pro data and I'm suspecting it's that .1 per corner that's seperating me from the front of the field nationally in SM.

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I feel what alot of you guys are saying about instructing.  I've slowed down significantly in that department.  NASA weekends only, and even then I'm trying to take a lighter load from right seat as it's starting to take a toll on me physically.  I was on all 4s trying to puke on grid before Sunday race 2 at ECR lol

 

What's this 20% throttle tip you speak of?  learn me moar, sir. (move to new thread or PM if appropriate)

Maybe if you taught your students to drive better, you wouldn't be sick after riding with one!!  ?

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2021 Goals:

1. Buy first home in Denver.

2. Get wife pregnant.

3. Get track membership at High Plains Raceway

4. Figure out how to lower driver seat in Miata with 3 point, or cage swap AGAIN! for better belt placement.

5. Rebuild S2000 client base in new location.

6. Learn to MIG a perfect cube from square tubing with no warping.

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2 hours ago, IanIsInGarage said:

2021 Goals:

1. Buy first home in Denver.

2. Get wife pregnant.

3. Get track membership at High Plains Raceway

4. Figure out how to lower driver seat in Miata with 3 point, or cage swap AGAIN! for better belt placement.

5. Rebuild S2000 client base in new location.

6. Learn to MIG a perfect cube from square tubing with no warping.

Waiting for comments on #2...must not make comments (the voice in my head)...LOL

#3 - LOVE HPR!!!!

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On 1/10/2021 at 11:07 AM, Vinnieb said:

I was on all 4s trying to puke on grid before Sunday race 2 at ECR lol

Sounds like a normal recovery from the party the night before...sounds like you should've drank just a tad more...so you would actually expel the demons...trust me...I've been doing this for awhile... LOL!!

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7 hours ago, Matt93SE said:

What's this 20% throttle tip you speak of?  learn me moar, sir. (move to new thread or PM if appropriate)

Maybe if you taught your students to drive better, you wouldn't be sick after riding with one!!  ?

Spent some time borrowing data from some top 1% SM guys.  I see this split second of 20% throttle, typically right after turn in, before apex, in the split second before they're finished scrubbing speed and are about to get back onto full throttle.  Talking to my data dude (Scott Adams) he sees the same thing, and talking to those drivers they do it conscientiously in order to stabilize the platform headed to apex before full throttle.  Its literally a split second and its a tickle of the throttle.  And its right at the point where I am losing the 1mph and .1 sec.

 

4 hours ago, Captain Buddha said:

Sounds like a normal recovery from the party the night before...sounds like you should've drank just a tad more...so you would actually expel the demons...trust me...I've been doing this for awhile... LOL!!

... We had definitely had a few the evening before. Still podiumed that race!

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2020 was definitely a weird year. You’d think with the lack of traveling for work I would’ve had more times for the track, but it just didn’t work out that way.  I did finally get to run the full track at ECR after only doing the short track a couple of times the year before. Also had a couple of good days at MSRC, but I’ve quit getting faster and need to shake things up to break out. 
 

Not really a goals kinda guy myself, but this year I would love to make more DEs, bust outta this plateau I’m in on lap times at MSRC, and meet more good folks on track days. 
 

And I still don’t see how some of you do so much instructing. That would put a serious crimp in my mid-afternoon nap between sessions. 

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Get back into motorcycle track days, if goes well maybe get that novice CMRA plate for the bucket list

Get better on the dirtbike, maybe by end of year get into the slow old man c-class races, hare scrambles etc

Get my car put back together before 2022!

 

 

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*tap tap* Is this thing on?

Long time, no see, in person or otherwise. I just need to get back on track, period. I stepped away from nearly everything when I left my last full-time job and now that I finally found a new one, let's GOOOOOOO. It's time to do the responsible thing and blow every last extra cent hooning cars.

I need to fix the Porsche 944 (blown head gasket and clutch) and VW 411 (914 engine swap incoming), both of which don't reeeeeeally run at the moment. The Lancer is still here, though. The Lancer is always here.

I just cracked my tailbone on the ice and I will definitely want to wait until I'm comfortable having an instructor in the car after all this time, so it'll be a little while still. I guess this is the parts shopping phase of things?

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2 hours ago, Coco said:

...I just need to get back on track, period. I stepped away from nearly everything when I left my last full-time job and now that I finally found a new one, let's GOOOOOOO. It's time to do the responsible thing and blow every last extra cent hooning cars.

^Welcome back to the disease. Good luck with tail recovery!

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On 2/26/2021 at 2:49 AM, Coco said:

*tap tap* Is this thing on?

I just cracked my tailbone on the ice and I will definitely want to wait until I'm comfortable having an instructor in the car after all this time, so it'll be a little while still. I guess this is the parts shopping phase of things?

It's awwwwwwwwwn! Sometimes you just have to speak up really loud! LOL!!

Oh my, let me tell you the fun you're going to have with that tailbone....I bounced off of mine on hardpack dirt (first time riding my RM250 as a 14 year old...I've never let go of the handlebars since LOL!!)....it was just "bruised".....yeah, ok, sure....either way....welcome to sitting on a hemorrhoid donut!! And don't worry....it won't go away....for decades.....I'm about to hit 50 and it "more or less" stopped being really bothersome a few years ago....kind of....sorry to be the bearer of bad news....but make sure *every* seat / chair you are in is nice and comfy! BTW - WELCOME BACK!!

 

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On 1/11/2021 at 8:12 AM, Matt93SE said:

What's this 20% throttle tip you speak of?  learn me moar, sir. (move to new thread or PM if appropriate)

In slower corners, adding a blip of throttle early adds rear grip and will start to rotate the car. So you can go through the turn with less steering lock and less speed scrubbing. Sometimes, it will get you beyond a self imposed limit. In some cases I've discovered that I can go through a corner with more speed that I thought. If you could compare steering angle data, I'd bet the drivers that are blipping have less angle than the drivers that are not.

It took awhile to kind of get it down. I've come sideways out of many corners and have since earned my expert landscaping badge. It's an aggressive technique.

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2021 Goals

1. Run time trials 

2. Get car to 2500lbs (at 2595lbs) so I can put in a cage with 1.5x.095 tubing (carbon hood, carbon roof, lithium battery, remove dash, muffler delete)

3. Get front splitter right - more durable mounting, quick release, reinforce corners to prevent flex

4. Lap time goals on NT01s - MSR-H 1:40s (at 1:42.8), MSR-C 3.1 2:20s (at 2:22.9), COTA 2:28 (at 2:33) 

5. Get car prepped for racing (fire suppression, new seat, window nets

25% of the year almost gone...

1. Want to get a logbook first. Need to find time to do a couple of little things, replace the seat and harness, install a fire suppression system and window nets. Targeting NASA at ECR in Dec to do the licensing..

2. I'm at 2630 with NT01s and no fuel (going the wrong way ? ). Lithium battery is in. Needs a jump in the morning when its 50ish degrees. I'm OK with that. 

3. Front splitter is serviceable. Didn't destroy it, doesn't scrape, performs well and is relatively easy to remove. I'm using gas strut supports. I have 70lb struts which are not forgiving. I found 10lb struts in the same length. Still need some more stiffness at the sides but its not scraping...yay! Current is two layers of 3k CF on each side. Next will be 3k, 12k biax and 3k layers on each side. Still some room for improvement.

4. Very happy with a 1:41.269 at MSR-H CCW. Need to get better CW...not sure why but I think I'm the only person that goes quicker CCW. I think some simple aero tweaks (larger end plates, fender vents, tire blockers) to reduce drag and cleaning up my foot work (left foot braking, entry into Diamond's Edge and Sugar and Sprice) will get me well into the 1:40s CCW. Next up, COTA - 2:28 shouldn't be too difficult as long as my front end doesn't porpoise down the back straight, top speed should be well into the 140mph (143/144mph maybe?)

5. Haven't done anything yet.

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21 hours ago, bigjae1976 said:

In slower corners, adding a blip of throttle early adds rear grip and will start to rotate the car. So you can go through the turn with less steering lock and less speed scrubbing. Sometimes, it will get you beyond a self imposed limit. In some cases I've discovered that I can go through a corner with more speed that I thought. If you could compare steering angle data, I'd bet the drivers that are blipping have less angle than the drivers that are not.

It took awhile to kind of get it down. I've come sideways out of many corners and have since earned my expert landscaping badge. It's an aggressive technique.

I've noticed I do it as well, not necessarily intentional, but maybe 'testing rotation' kinda thing..   My 240SX was great at getting the car to turn in at entry and I could roll back into throttle pretty quickly.  My RX7 was awful  and would ONLY turn when you were on the gas (live axle car w/ stiff clutch diff), so I learned to turn on the throttle and a few blips pre-apex told me when I had scrubbed enough speed to make the turn and give it some grip..
maybe I've just conditioned myself to doing it now cause I notice I do it in the FRS as well.  maybe it's not abad habit that I need to unlearn after all! ? 

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My goal is to make it to the track this year.   There are too many distractions and excuses.  I continue to remember a pretty day in May when a took a Friday off to spend a day at the track with a friend.   He  told me that he let somebody else run the exhibit so he could treat himself.   A few weeks later he found out he had cancer and a few months later he passed away.

It seems too easy to find reasons not to go and enjoy a few laps in my cheap crappy little Miata.   No more excuses. Get to the track, purge the cobwebs out of my brain, hear the desperate  buzz of a 1.6 liter and song of track tires whistling against the pavement in corner. 
 

That is my goal! 

 

 

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